Ranjana Khanna

Ranjana Khanna

Professor of Literature

External address: 
304GH Allen Bldg, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-2548
Office Hours: 
Tuesday & Thursday 1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Ranjana Khanna is Professor of English, Women's Studies, and the Literature Program at Duke University. She works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, and Film, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published widely on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial and feminist theory, literature, and film. She is the author of Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2003) and Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation 1830 to the present (Stanford University Press, 2008.) She has published in journals like Differences, Signs, Third Text, Diacritics, Screen, Art History, positions, SAQ, Feminist Theory, and Public Culture. Her current book manuscripts in progress are called: Asylum: The Concept and the Practice and Technologies of Unbelonging.


  • Ph.D., University of York (United Kingdom) 1993
  • B.A., University of York (United Kingdom) 1988

Selected Grants

Seminars in Historical, Global, and Emerging Humanities awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018

Promoting International Perspectives at the Feminist Theory Workshop awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010

Khanna, R. “The stranger at the gate: An interview.” Against Life, 2016, pp. 257–67.

Khanna, R. “Hope, Demand and the Perpetual.” Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties, Duke University Press, 2010.

Khanna, R. “Isaac Julien: Paradise Omeros.” Gerst Foundation Catalogue, 2010.

Khanna, R. “Psychoanalysis before 1966.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literary Theory, 2010.

Khanna, R. “The Age of Asylum: Mona Hatoum.” Communities of Sense, edited by Jaleh Mansoor, Duke University Press, 2009.

Khanna, R. “Fabric, Skin, Honte-ologie.” Shame and the Visual Arts, Routledge, 2008.

Khanna, R., and Srinivas Aravamudan. “Interview with Fredric Jameson.” Ed. Ian Buchanan, Fredric Jameson, Jameson on Jameson: Conversations on Cultural Marxism, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007, 2007, pp. 203–40.

Khanna, R. “Frames, Contexts, Community, Justice.” Meaning, Frame, and Metaphor, edited by Joyce Goggim and Michael Burke, University of Amsterdam Press, 2003, pp. 149–71.

Khanna, R., et al. “Cartographies of Scholarship: The Ends of Nation-States, International Studies, and the Cold War.” Encompassing Gender: Integrating International Studies and Women’s Studies, edited by Mary M. Lay et al., The Feminist Press, 2002, pp. 21–45.

Khanna, R. “The Experience of Evidence: Language, Law and the Mockery of Justice.” Algeria in and Out of French, edited by Anne Berger, Cornell UP, 2001.


Khanna, R. “Touching the corpse: Reading Sinan Antoon.” New Literary History, vol. 51, no. 2, Mar. 2020, pp. 401–18. Scopus, doi:10.1353/nlh.2020.0024. Full Text

Khanna, Ranjana. “Stefania Pandolfo, Knot of the Soul: Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam.” Psychoanalysis and History, vol. 21, no. 3, Edinburgh University Press, Dec. 2019, pp. 369–72. Crossref, doi:10.3366/pah.2019.0313. Full Text

Khanna, R. “Speculation; Or, living in the face of the intolerable.” Journal of Middle East Women’S Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, Mar. 2018, pp. 109–15. Scopus, doi:10.1215/15525864-4297159. Full Text

Khanna, R. “Stranger.” New Literary History, vol. 49, no. 2, Mar. 2018, pp. 279–84. Scopus, doi:10.1353/nlh.2018.0018. Full Text

Khanna, Ranjana. “Stranger.” New Literary History, vol. 49, no. 2, 2018, pp. 279–84.

Khanna, R. “On the name, ideation, and sexual difference.” Differences, vol. 27, no. 2, Sept. 2016, pp. 62–78. Scopus, doi:10.1215/10407391-3621709. Full Text

Khanna, R. Fabric, skin, honte-ologie. Jan. 2014, pp. 159–79. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315787626. Full Text

Khanna, R. “The lumpenproletariat, the subaltern, the mental asylum.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 112, no. 1, Dec. 2013, pp. 129–43. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00382876-1891287. Full Text

Khanna, R. “Touching, unbelonging, and the absence of affect.” Feminist Theory, vol. 13, no. 2, Aug. 2012, pp. 213–32. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1464700112442649. Full Text

Khanna, R. “Racial France, or the melancholic alterity of postcolonial studies.” Public Culture, vol. 23, no. 1, Dec. 2011, pp. 191–99. Scopus, doi:10.1215/08992363-2010-022. Full Text